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Jamaica elected to UN's Economic and Social Council

Published:Friday | June 15, 2018 | 9:31 AM
Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Kamina Johnson Smith - File photo

Jamaica was among countries elected on Wednesday, June 13 to serve on the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) for the 2019-2021 term.

Brazil and Paraguay were the other two countries elected in the Latin American and Caribbean regional grouping.

Jamaica will play a more active role in advancing and strengthening the work of the Council and will collaborate with other States to fulfill its mandate in areas such as sustainable social and economic development, climate change, disaster risk reduction, and environmental protection.

On receiving the news, Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Kamina Johnson Smith expressed her sentiments, “I am truly delighted by this new opportunity for Jamaica to contribute to the multilateral efforts to treat with important issues that impact not only the attainment of the National Development Plan 2030 Agenda but also the globally agreed Sustainable Development Goals,”. 

The ECOSOC is one of the six organs of the United Nations and is primarily responsible for advancing the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental.

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